Picking the Right Time to Start Hair Transplant Procedures
For men, androgenic hair loss can actually begin as early as age 17, where hair may start to show some signs of thinning, or above average loss is notable in the brush, or while taking showers.
Male pattern baldness is caused by sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels increase at puberty which starts a process of miniaturization, which can stagnate the productivity of hair follicles in focused areas. This is how the thinning of hair or receding hairlines begin, and progress to baldness.
While losing hair can feel alarming, and incite a sense of urgency, it’s best not to jump into a hair transplant procedure prematurely. Rather, it’s best to wait for the pattern of baldness to become established so that an effective plan for replacement can be made. In the meantime, we will use prescription medications, dietary and lifestyle changes, topical applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to slow hair loss until the pattern of thinning has become established and/or the patient is ready for a transplant.
What is the best age to start hair restoration procedures?
As soon as you notice pattern baldness beginning there are treatments available to you to delay or slow the process.
At Natural Restorations, we feel that the earliest age for most men to consider hair transplantation is around 25. And transplanting the crown really shouldn’t be considered before the age of 35. By that time, the pattern of baldness has typically been revealed, and that impacts the choice of treatment and the best method and placement of hair follicles to restore a natural appearance. Of course, everyone is different. And the onset, speed of loss and loss patterns will all be taken into account when making a decision with you about your procedure.
Hair transplant is typically not suggested for men in their early twenties, as it can be very difficult to predict what pattern and type of balding will occur. A common problem when hair transplants occur earlier than recommended, is mismatched hair growth and volume.
For example, if a young male determines that he is balding around the crown area, hair transplants can result in a large and healthy volume of hair at the top of the head (and that’s a good thing). The problem lies with the mismatched volume; if the top transplanted area of the head is dense with regrowth, and the sides or back of the head begin to thin dramatically, the transplant becomes visually apparent and unnatural in appearance.
Think about an island that is dense with growth in the middle, surrounded by sparse beaches. That’s not a look that anyone wants to have to endure, and that increases the urgency and additional expense of a second treatment.
Talk to our team at Natural Restorations for a free consultation, to learn more about early stages of hair loss, and if you are experiencing premature hair loss in your teens or twenties, we can help with prescription medications, and hair restoration counseling to help.